Algerian Hostage Raid Over —Casualties Still Unclear Government confirms some hostages are dead By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jan 17, 2013 3:39 PM CST 12 comments Comments This undated image the Amenas natural gas field in Algeria, where the hostages were taken. (AP Photo/BP) (Newser) – Algeria says its mission to free about 40 foreign hostages—including Americans—is now over, but there's still no clear information about how many of the captives survived, reports AP. The Algerian government confirms that some hostages were killed in the raid on a gas facility in the desert, though an earlier report of 35 hostages dead has not been confirmed. “The operation resulted in the neutralization of a large number of terrorists and the liberation of a considerable number of hostages,” said a government spokesman on national radio. “Unfortunately, we deplore also the death of some, as well as some who were wounded. We do not have final numbers.” Reuters is offering updates here.